Bullock: masks now mandatory

The order, effective immediately, applies to indoor public spaces in any Montana county with more than four active COVID-19 cases, and to some outdoor gatherings.

Latest COVID-19 reporting


As of Wednesday, July 15, Montana reports a total of 2,096 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 145 new cases since yesterday, 1,147 active cases, and 34 deaths from the disease. State officials also report that 145 of the cases have resulted in hospitalizations, with 37 patients currently hospitalized, and 915 patients considered recovered. The state’s official dashboard is here, and more information on the numbers reported by the state is here.


Feds release data on Paycheck Protection loan recipients

Data released this week by the U.S. Small Business Administration provides the first detailed accounting of the businesses aided by the Paycheck Protection Program, indicating that Montana’s loan recipients span nearly the full width of the state’s economic landscape.

Amtrak cuts could have outsized impact on Hi-Line

Amtrak is aiming to cut $500 million from its $1.8 billion annual budget, and said it can accomplish part of that by reducing train frequency to three days a week on its 15 long-distance trains, including the Empire Builder.

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Realtors report out-of-state rush on Montana real estate

Interest in real estate in Bozeman, Missoula and the Flathead Valley has been on the rise for years, but agents say that interest has hit a fever pitch in recent weeks as more people look to escape urban areas, especially those where the coronavirus has significantly upended normal life.

Streaming into the void

Live music has been one of the industries hardest hit by the pandemic because of the inherent nature of the business: gathering people together. Prevented by public health restrictions from performing to crowds, musicians have turned to online and socially distanced solutions.


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